Have you stuck with a diet and exercise program for months on end, being consistent and working hard, yet your weight loss seems to have stalled out?
Before you try changing your meal plan or your workouts, take a look at these 3 things first.
Sometimes, no matter how perfect you are in the kitchen and at the gym, if one of these 3 things is "off" in your life, it can be the reason you're not seeing results.
Are you currently taking any medications that are known to have side effects of weight gain? Anti-depressants are a big one. So many people are taking some form of an anti-depressant these days, and they are well known for putting an average of 10lbs on people who take them.
Birth control pills are also common culprits to putting weight on AND making it hard to LOSE any weight. Before you change anything else in your lifestyle, take a look in your medicine counter and talk with your doctor.
How stressed out are you? Stress causes the release of Cortisol in your body (the stress hormone) and this can cause your body to store fat, particularly around the abdominal area. You could literally be doing everything else right in your life, but if you are chronically stressed, it could keep you from losing another pound.
To make sure you're NOT stressed, implement a self care routine into your life. Take epsom salt baths, get massages, stretch and foam roll before bed, set aside time to relax and read a book, go for a walk in nature or meditate. You can even listen to music and dance in your living room! Anything that relaxes you.
We tend to put ourselves last, but relaxation is a necessity not a luxury! Your body can get stuck in fat storage mode if you don't make relaxation a part of your daily routine.
You can also go to the doctor and ask for a cortisol test. They can test your levels with a simple saliva test.
How much sleep are you getting? The average person gets 5-6 hours a night - that is NOT enough! Study after study keeps showing us a clear link between lack of sleep and weight gain. You need to get at least 8 hours.
I know that's easier said than done, but before you try changing up your workout routine or diet plan, try getting your 8 hours for awhile and see if that doesn't break your plateau. Lack of sleep also increases cortisol, so as you can see it's a snowball effect....
You can try all the diets in the world and join all the exercise programs that exist, but if these 3 things go unchecked, you can still continue to struggle. When we fail to see weight loss results, it's really just a matter of good detective work to see where the problem lies.